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Blue Straggler

Blue Straggler

4.1 8
by Kathy Lynn Harris
"Kathy Lynn's Harris's keen insight and buoyant generosity sparkle on every page of this evocative, gorgeously written novel."

--- Terri Guiliano Long, bestselling author of IN LEAH'S WAKE, an award-winning family story

"well drawn, believable characters and a story that you will care about."

--- 5 Stars! Kate Farrell, from THE KINDLE


"Kathy Lynn's Harris's keen insight and buoyant generosity sparkle on every page of this evocative, gorgeously written novel."

--- Terri Guiliano Long, bestselling author of IN LEAH'S WAKE, an award-winning family story

"well drawn, believable characters and a story that you will care about."

--- 5 Stars! Kate Farrell, from THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW

Bailey Miller is "disconnected" from the cluster of her rural south Texas family.

She has never quite fit in with her tight-knot clan, and now in her early 30s she is struggling with inner turmoil, stuck in a rut that is her life.

The tell-tale signs of her apathy? She's drinking too much - even for a member of her family - eating spoonfuls of Cool Whip, and all of her relationship attempts seem to expire faster than the milk in her fridge.

Even her quirky best friends can't seem to make things right this time.

After being demoted from an already impossibly boring job, she quits, packs up and heads out of Texas in search of the answers to secrets from her estranged great-grandmother's past.

What she finds are the answers to some of her own secrets.

And not without a little romance along the way!

"I had to force myself to put it down at night. Bailey is the type of woman that so many of us are on the inside and so desperately wish we were on the outside."

"... I laughed till I cried, then cried till I laughed. This is one I will read over and over again."

Ever questioned why you got stuck with the family you did, what you are doing with your job and your life, or had a sudden desire to run off to the mountains? Get cozy, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy every second of this laugh-out-loud and emotional ride from the comfort of your sofa!

"The charm, the wit, the heartache and pain, all overtook me and before I knew it, I was at the end."

"When [the story] ended, I just felt content, and there's really not much better than that."

"Humor, intrigue, romance and life lessons. If you are looking for a story that is women's fiction at its best, then Blue Straggler is the book for you!"

Editorial Reviews

Kathy LaMee
I am in love! Blue Straggler is a funny and poignant journey … Harris does an amazing job of creating characters that move the reader. Her writing is succinct and the story flows at the perfect pace. She has a true gift for crafting words and sharing a glimpse into the heart of her characters. I highly recommend."
Kaira Rouda
I loved Bailey, the main character in Blue Straggler. She is a misfit in her own family, searching for her future through her long-hidden past. That she creates meaningful connections wherever she is – and tackles life with a wry sense of humor – makes her an endearing character and this novel a must-read.
Official Review
It’s easy to feel disconnected to a world that moves quicker than you wish it would. “Blue Straggler” is a novel following Baily Miller, quickly approaching midlife with no real roots she can call her own. As she begins to look for something to bring her back down to earth, her unique set of humor makes it a bigger struggle than she expected. A read that should resonate with plenty of thirty something single women...a top pick ..."
Jenn Ladd
This book and the characters get under your skin. … I love when misfit characters bond together and form their own surrogate family. … anyone who loves Chick Lit, General and/or Contemporary Fiction will be able to relate to this book ..."
Kate Farrell
I loved Blue Straggler by Kathy Lynn Harris. It had it all -- amazing and quirky characters, laughter, tears, love ... 5 stars!

Product Details

30 Day Books
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Lynn Harris makes her home in the Colorado Rockies, in an authentic log cabin at 10,500 ft above sea level with her husband and son, plus two fairly untrainable golden retriever mixes. Kathy has completed two novels and three children's books, and has published hundreds of magazine articles, poetry, short fiction and essays.

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Blue Straggler 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Blue Straggler is a story about a girl, Bailey, who struggled to find her place (never really feeling like the fit was quite right). She begun growing tired of feeling like a piece was missing, so she was brave enough to go off and search for it via a road trip to Colorado. Although the trip was not an easy, one with many missteps, Bailey finds herself bit by bit along the way. The humor, depth of characters and storyline will remain with me for quite some time. It was honest, beautifully written and well written. Life is not easy. It is easier to stay lost, to remain stagnant, to be and do what is expected of us. Bailey decides to search of the meaning of her life herself. In the end difficult decisions are made, friendships tested and hope remains. This story was written with such beauty. intense imagery and insight that I found myself deeply entrenched in the story, wanting to mark passages after passage. Here are a few of my favorites from the book: "It dawns on me that maybe, sometimes, the paths we choose can turn out to be only circles. Bringing us right back where we started. Unharmed but not well." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 152) "...as if they're trying to sneak into autumn without us knowing." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 169) "The sun is launching into its evening act, lighting up the clouds and horizon like a magic trick. The mountains surrounding us seem to be holding onto the light as if they would be flat without it." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 189) "Rapids churning and twisting on each other like children playing in the park. Unorchestrated madness." (Blue Straggler, ebook, p. 190) There are so many more, so check out this 4.5 star read for yourself. It is a gift Kathy Lynn Harris has given the world! Enjoy!
MarciMcK More than 1 year ago
A must read for all Texas girls! Laugh out loud references that all Texans can appreciate. Great story of following your heart with a Texas twang! When is the sequel?
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
This story was a much quicker read than I expected. I wasn't expecting much, and thought it was another blah chick lit-romance. I started meeting the characters and I'm thinking, "yeah he likes her and after some turmoil they'll get together." It just didn't grab me much. But it was well written and the characters were fun. So I kept reading. I totally understood Bailey's family, they are like that in Michigan too. Not that they were horrible, but feelings were considered something to ignore and they were constantly telling Bailey to stop overreacting. Her brother was the golden boy, and she felt invisible. So when she finds out about her great-grandmother who ran to Colorado, she followed the trail to see what she could find out about this woman whom her mother refused to speak of. When she gets there and sees the mountains and feels the blessed cool, she falls in love. What if she really doesn't belong in Texas? It is full of heartbreak, frustration, romance and a fair number of surprises. Good job, Kathy!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
With a very slow start, I was nervous that this little chick lit wasn't going to get going, but it finally picked up. Although, the main story line about Bailey finding out the truth history of her great-grandmother definitely took a back burner in the middle and then picked back up again. There were quite a few things I would rearrange in this little novella. The characters were sweet, quirky and endearing and their development was fun to watch, but the plotline had some slow spots that made for a few bits of drag in the book. I wish that both the great-grandmother and the environmental issue had been developed more and each could have had more depth to them. A little novella that was enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book filled with colorful characters and laugh-out-loud humor, Bailey packs up her car and leaves her Texas life behind in search of both herself and the history of her quirky grandmother, who left Texas for Colorado many years ago. Bailey deals with close friends, uproariously funnny family members and new-found love along her journey, and I fell in love with the well-drawn characters. I didn't want the book to come to an end, and hope to see another book soon from this gifted author.
ChickLitLoverLP More than 1 year ago
Blue Straggler had me hooked from the beginning. I haven't felt this invested in a book in a long time, usually there is a part of even my favorite books that I get bored/ lost/ skim over: Kathy Lynn Harris kept my attention throughout. The characters are vivid yet believable, the description of Texas and Colorado are rich and visual, and the story moves at a great pace. Blue Straggler is a warm, moving account of the main character, Bailey, and her struggle to understand herself and why she acts in certain ways. Every young woman can relate to this internal struggle, and her journey from Texas to Colorado signifies the inner journey that she takes. Unlike some female protagonists I did not get annoyed at Bailey's mistakes and flaws: I empathized and travelled with her for the journey. Ms Harris is an author with a natural talent that is going to go far! Thank you writing for a story that moved me and left me feeling uplifted.
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saltyMS More than 1 year ago
Blue Straggler made me laugh out loud, and I couldn't wait to find out what Bailey was going to do next. The prose is wonderful, the story uplifting, and the characters lovable.